Thursday, April 26, 2007
ANZAC 'tailbackers' liven up the Cross
The hardcore spinners returned yesterday maintaining the tradition of Two-up in the Cross on ANZAC Day.
Cries such as 'We need a tailbacker for $80 or any part thereof' rang out before those coins marked with an 'X' on the heads side hit the fine gravel betting rings supplied by Council.
The games started in the early hours of 25 April as soon as the rain eased after midnight. They ran smoothly with bets as high as $300 plus changing hands.
The games were played under the awning near the station entrance until the trains started running at 3.30am and the early risers headed for the Dawn Service at Martin Place began trickling through.
The police then asked the players to move to the big ring on the corner of Roslyn Street where they could be seen carrying on again later in the evening.
Oxford Street was different again, with lots of in-uniform sailors (male & female) out in the bars.
There, impromptu art and messages had been posted. One cardboard sign taped to a smartpole said 'Aboriginals were soldiers too. Black and proud'.
A printed poster on the old Gowings building was titled 'Lest we forget' in a decorative script. Below was a portrait of a young soldier with the extended barrel of a handgun going right through his head. Below that, in the same script, was written 'And yet we do it again'.
Pictures: 'Five bucks on heads' and 'The spinner from Cobar'.